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2014 MOC: PQRS and the MOC Matters Website
Visit the MOC Matters Website to fulfill and document your 2014 MOC and PQRS requirements. It consists of the MOC: PQRS Attestation Module, the PQRS Registry Module and the Patient Experience of Care Survey Module. As an added feature, the freestanding Patient Survey Module is available to diplomates of all Member Boards, whether or not the diplomates are participating in MOC:PQRS. The Website also includes an updated MOC:PQRS Facts & FAQs.
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Mission and History

The mission of the ABPN is to develop and provide valid and reliable procedures for certification and maintenance of certification in psychiatry and neurology by:

  • Developing the best testing methods to evaluate candidate and diplomate competencies;
  • Applying the best technologies and information available to collect and analyze pertinent data;
  • Communicating and collaborating effectively with training programs, residents, candidates, diplomates, professional and health care organizations, and the public; and
  • Operating programs and services effectively and efficiently.
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Methods for achieving that goal include (but are not limited to) efforts to:

  1. Describe, in terms of knowledge and skills, a physician with special expertise in evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with psychiatric and/or neurologic disorders or who require psychiatric and/or neurologic assessment.
  2. Set the standards for knowledge and skills required for certification.
  3. Construct and administer examinations designed to evaluate required knowledge and skills.
  4. Monitor, evaluate, and improve the standards and procedures of the certification process.
  5. Participate in the appropriate Residency Review Committees of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to set standards for the quality and scope of residency training programs to ensure that their graduates will obtain necessary training credit toward certification.
  6. Issue certificates and other forms of recognition to successful candidates.
  7. Make lists available of diplomates who have fulfilled the requirements for certification.
  8. Inform the public, other professions, and other medical organizations of the purposes, activities, and responsibilities of the Corporation.
  9. Participate in the activities of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and its member Boards.

ABPN Statement on Professionalism

Professionalism forms the basis of medicine’s contract with society. The ABPN is concerned with those aspects of professionalism that are demonstrated through a physician’s clinical competence, commitment to lifelong learning and professional improvement, interpersonal skills, and ethical understanding and behavior. In its credentialing, certification, and MOC programs, the ABPN seeks to assess and document that its candidates and diplomates possess and maintain these essential aspects of professionalism.


History

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. (ABPN) is a nonprofit corporation that was founded in 1934 following conferences of committees appointed by the American Psychiatric Association, the American Neurological Association, and the then Section on Nervous and Mental Diseases of the American Medical Association. This action was taken as a method of identifying the qualified specialists in psychiatry and neurology.

The ABPN is one of 24 member boards of the ABMS.

Since 1935, when its first examination was delivered, the ABPN has been serving the public interest and promoting excellence in the practices of psychiatry and neurology through its certification and maintenance of certification processes. These processes are designed to identify qualified specialists through rigorous credential and training requirements and successful completion of the Part I (computer-administered) and Part II (oral) board examinations for psychiatry, neurology, or neurology with special qualification in child neurology. ABPN committees are dedicated to developing tests that assess current scientific knowledge and clinical expertise required to achieve and maintain Board certification.

Additionally, over the past several decades, the ABPN (sometimes in collaboration with other member boards) has sought from the ABMS and gained approval for recognition of 14 subspecialties, as listed below:

ABMS
Approval
First
Examination
Subspecialty
* 1959 Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
1989 1991 Geriatric Psychiatry
1990 1992 Clinical Neurophysiology
1991 1993 Addiction Psychiatry
1992 1994 Forensic Psychiatry
1998 2000 Pain Medicine
1999 2001 Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
2003 2005 Psychosomatic Medicine
2003 2005 Vascular Neurology
2005 2008 Neuromuscular Medicine
2005 2007 Sleep Medicine
2006 2008 Hospice and Palliative Medicine
2011 2013 Epilepsy
2011 2014 Brain Injury Medicine

*Certificates were issued prior to 1972 when ABMS recognition procedures were established.

As mandated by the ABMS, the ABPN continues making progress in the development of its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. MOC programs are designed to help assure the public that our diplomates practice their specialties to the highest standards through four measurable components: professional standing, self-assessment and lifelong learning, cognitive expertise, and performance in practice.


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